Look, ma, no hands! Self-driv­ing car de­buts

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

OTTAWA — A Black­Berry QNX-equipped self-driv­ing car hit the road in sub­ur­ban Ottawa in what was billed as the first on-street test of an au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle in Canada.

The grey Lin­coln MKZ pulled away with Ottawa Mayor Jim Wat­son, coun­cil­lor Mar­i­anne Wilkinson and John Wall, gen­eral man­ager of Black­Berry QNX, aboard.

The street was closed for the pub­lic demon­stra­tion, which at­tracted scores of peo­ple, but the car is even­tu­ally ex­pected to be op­er­at­ing on city streets amidst traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans.

Black­Berry QNX opened an au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle in­no­va­tion cen­tre in Ottawa late last year. The com­pany has been a sup­plier of soft­ware plat­forms to the auto in­dus­try for 20 years.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Peo­ple watch a Black­Berry QNX-equipped au­ton­o­mous car drive down an Ottawa street yes­ter­day.

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